Having dental work done is painful enough, but if you must have a tooth pulled (extracted), you may be in for a world of pain due to dry socket, which is clinically referred to as alveolar osteitis.
According to WebMD, only 5-percent of individuals develop dry socket after having a tooth pulled. Thankfully (you can stop holding your mouth now), this uncomfortable condition can be treated…
1. What Causes Dry Socket?
When a tooth is removed a blood clot will naturally form in the hole in the bone left behind in the days following extraction. The blood clot forms to provide protection to the nerves and bone underneath, allowing for healing to take place.
However, if the blood clot disappears (or becomes dislodged), dry socket can occur when the nerves and bone are suddenly exposed to all sorts of painful irritants, including food, fluids, and even air. Unfortunately, dry socket also leaves the area of extraction prone to awful pain and infection.